Job Identification 1880
Locations Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Posting Date 12/21/2021, 05:45 PM
Apply Before 01/05/2022, 05:59 AM
Degree Level Advanced/Postgraduate Degree
Job Schedule Full time
Vacancy Type National Personnel Service Agreement
Practice Area Inclusive Growth
Bureau Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS
Contract Duration 1 Year with Possibility for extension
Education & Work Experience Master’s Degree
Other Criteria Two years with MA or four years with BA of relevant experience in the field of economic development, with focus on rural development
Required Languages Fluency in English and one the official languages of BIH (Bosnian, Croatian or Serbian)
Vacancy Timeline 2 Weeks
BackgroundUNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.The European Union Support to Agriculture Competitiveness and Rural Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EU4Agri) is a 4-year project (2020-2023) primarily funded by the European Union (EU) under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). Worth EUR 20 million, the project is implemented jointly by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Czech Development Agency (CzDA).
In line with the Strategic Plan for Rural Development of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2018-2021) – Framework Document, the project objective is to increase the competitiveness of agricultural production and rural jobs and services. In this context, the project will focus on raising investments in the agri-food sector and increasing the knowledge and skill levels of agricultural producers and other participants in the value chain through the expanded provision of advisory services, as well as on improving economic opportunities in rural areas. The project will also enhance the policy environment through a coherent and complementary set of activities, including strengthening of institutional capacities and services, as well as improvements in policy and regulatory frameworks.
Accordingly, the project expected results are as follows:
- Higher levels of production of safe and quality food based on introduced innovative practices, while preserving the natural resources and the countryside, are sustained; and
- Policy actions are implemented in EU aligned manner, based on sector services and systems improved.
Under first result, the project will deliver a Grant Investment Package (GIP) targeting agri-food sector competitiveness. While the GIP will be designed as a coherent, coordinated set of support measures whose complementarity enables impact maximization, it will be broken into three intervention lines. The first intervention line will focus on investment in both the farm and processing sectors; the second will focus on strengthening advisory and extension services to increase sectoral knowledge, skills and organization; while the third will target strengthening and diversifying the rural economy.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the GIP Manager will perform the following main functions, with due respect to the UNDP rules and regulations and the UNDP internal control framework:
- Contribution to the conceptualization and design of the GIP;
- Planning, day-to-day management and monitoring of GIP;
- Coordination and participation in the provision of guidance, technical assistance and training to potential applicants and recipients;
- Partnership and advocacy;
- Mainstreaming gender equality and ensuring knowledge management
a. Contribution to the conceptualization and design of the GIP:
- Together with the Agricultural Policy Coordinator and in close cooperation with institutional partners, conceptualizes and designs the GIP, as a coherent, coordinated set of support measures;
- Drafts and develops GIP guidelines and prepares documentation for individual support measures evaluation and approvals;
- Contributes to the analysis of capacities and needs of targeted stakeholders for GIP design;
- Together with the Agricultural Policy Coordinator analyses economic environment, particularly in relevant sub-sectors and localities and uses available data for GIP design and implementation;
- Keeps abreast of relevant trends, practices and experiences related to agri-food and rural development in the region and the EU;
- Engages in the development of GIP monitoring framework and procedures for monitoring of individual support measures and awarded projects, in cooperation with the Agricultural Policy Coordinator and the Monitoring and Information Management Officer;
- Support exchange of business ideas and propose new partnership opportunities.
b. Planning, day-to-day management and monitoring of the GIP:
- Plans, manages and monitors GIP related activities as part of the overall project workplans;
- Manages the implementation of calls for proposals and beneficiary selection, including by engaging in appraisal of fully-fledged project proposals under the calls;
- Coordinates GIP related informative sessions and capacity building events;
- Conducts pre-award audits of potential beneficiaries, in addition to audits during implementation and at close-out, as relevant, in close coordination with the GIP Field Monitoring and Control Officer and Specialists;
- Manages award, administration and monitoring of contracts with beneficiaries, keeping all the relevant records and documentation up to date and providing regular information to the team;
- Provides regular reports on the GIP implementation, including on risks and issues, to the Agricultural Policy Coordinator and the Project Manager;
- Coordinates the work of the GIP Field Monitoring and Control Officer and Specialists and together with them undertakes technical and administrative monitoring to awarded projects;
- Contributes to the overall project planning, monitoring and reporting;
- Contributes to harmonious working environment, seeking to strengthen teamwork, staff motivation and continuous professional development;
- Ensures full accountability, transparency and the principle of competition in the allocation of resources, procurement of services, works and goods and selection of recipients;
- Contributes to the design and regular use of monitoring tools and systems, oversees monitoring of individual support measures in line with the GIP Monitoring Framework, enabling evidence-based tracking of progress and achievements against the relevant indicators.
c.Coordination and participation in the provision of guidance, technical assistance and training to potential applicants and recipients:
- Provides beneficiaries’ related inputs for design of technical assistance and capacity development support, including those relevant for GIP implementation and progress monitoring purposes;
- Coordinate and participate in the provision of guidance, TA and training to potential GIP beneficiaries;
- Provides technical assistance to GIP beneficiaries related to GIP implementation;
- Identify and utilize opportunities for synergies with other relevant initiatives;
- Provides guidance to the project team and partners in relation to the GIP implementation, also regularly reviewing GIP related processes to introduce improvements, as relevant;
- Analytically captures lessons learnt and drafts reports based on the project experiences and monitoring of progress against set targets, including from the gender equality perspective;
- Advises on issues of further project development and resource mobilization.
d. Partnership and advocacy:
- Establishes good working relations with relevant institutional and organizational partners at state, entity, cantonal and local levels, as well as with main international organizations working in the domain of agriculture and rural development and other relevant area;
- Identifies linkages between GIP and other relevant interventions and supports the implementation of synergetic initiatives to avoid overlaps and maximize GIP effects;
- Identifies and and/or contribution from various stakeholders and propose new partnership opportunities which would add value and maximize the project results.
e.Mainstreaming gender equality and ensuring knowledge management:
- Ensures gender mainstreaming throughout the project activities, workplans, budgets, reports, research, analyses and, where specifically relevant, analyze it in detail;
- Ensures that all the data, when collecting and compiling inputs related to the project, are gender and age disaggregated and evaluated from the gender point of view;
- Ensures minimum 30% participation of the other gender in the preparation of meetings/consultations/trainings/ commissions.
CompetenciesCore Behavioral Competencies (Level 2)
- Demonstrates focus on achieving quality results and impact;
- Consistently strives to meet or exceed excellent standards;
- Holds self and others accountable for results;
- Efficiently establishes appropriate plans and resources for self and others to accomplish goals;
- Looks beyond conventional approaches and established methods;
- Proposes new ideas, approaches and solutions to problems;
- Seeks patterns and clarity outside, across and beyond boxes and categories, resists false certainty and simplistic binary choices;
- Actively pursues opportunities for learning and self-development, professionally and personally;
- Keeps abreast of new developments in one’s professional area;
- Proactively seeks feedback, demonstrates a desire to learn from others as well as from experience, both positive and negative;
- Contributes to the learning of others;
Adapt with Agility:
- Is flexible in handling change, and adopt new ideas, approaches and ways of working;
- Seamlessly adapts to working within new situations or contexts, with new people, and in different ways;
- Participates in, support, contribute to or drive meaningful change in UNDP;
- Is comfortable with ambiguity and effectively managing multiple demands;
Act with Determination:
- Pursues everything with motivation and drive;
- Does not give up in the face of adversity and setbacks; demonstrates resilience and composure;
- Demonstrates courage, self-motivation and initiative to act on opportunities without being prompted by others;
- Is authentic and modest, gets things done without unnecessary noise;
Engage and Partner:
- Acts in a way that demonstrates empathy and emotional intelligence, showing consideration for the needs and feelings of others;
- Demonstrates and encourage teamwork and co-creation internally and externally to achieve joint objectives and results;
- Establishes and develops networks that deliver powerful collaborations;
- Encourages and respects the views of others; accepts views and ideas other than one’s own;
Enable Diversity and Inclusion:
- Treats all individuals with respect, considers ethical implications and responds sensitively to all differences among people;
- Fully accepts and values all people, creating an inclusive environment;
- Understands that inclusion is multi-faceted (e.g. race, gender, age, disability, culture, etc.);
- Understands and appreciates issues from the perspective of others;
- Treats everyone fairly and equally;
- Demonstrates honesty and transparency.
Cross-Functional Competencies (Level 2)
- Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systematic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions;
- Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends;
Effective Decision Making:
- Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources;
- Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need;
- Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience;
- Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.
Working with Evidence and Data:
- Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making.
- Ability to represent UNDP and productively share UNDP knowledge and activities; advocate for UNDP, its values, mission, and work with various constituencies.
Technical Competencies (Level 2)
- Inclusive Markets/businesses and Value Chain Development;
- Innovative Finance;
- Mobilization and coordination of support for post-crisis recovery and reconstruction processes;
- SME Development;
- Social impact investments;
- Economic Recovery;
- Digital economy including technologies/solutions;
- Ability to plan, monitor, organize, and control human and financial resources of bureau, team, or project;
- Ability to scan and analyze the trends, provide early warning and projections;
- Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding.
Required Skills and Experience Education:
- Advanced university degree in agronomy, development studies, economics or other related areas;
- Bachelor’s degree with additional two years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of MA
- Two years with MA or four years with BA of relevant experience in the field of economic development, with focus on rural development;
- Relevant experience in management of financial assistance (i.e. grants, direct support etc.) to private sector beneficiaries;
- Experience in the management of financial assistance in the agri-food sector and rural development is a distinct asset.
- Fluency in English and one of the official languages of BIH (Bosnian, Croatian or Serbian), with excellent drafting and presentation skills.
Desired additional skills and competencies
- Demonstrated knowledge of agri-food sector and rural development needs and processes in the country, as well as within the context of the EU integrations;
- Familiarity with key public documents, strategies and trends related to the overall development agenda of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- Excellent computer skills (especially Microsoft Office applications) and ability to use information technologies as a tool and resource
The employee will work under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and overall guidance of the Sector Leader.
Occasional travel to relevant stakeholders is foreseen under the scope of work.
The following documents shall be required from the applicants:
- Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
- Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.
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Broj izvršilaca: 1
Datum objave: 22.12.2021.
Trajanje oglasa: 14 dana (ističe 05.01.2022.)